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  ABC    Nightline    News/Business. Cynthia McFadden,  
   Terry Moran, Bill Weir.  (2013) New. (CC)  

    August 22, 2013
    12:35 - 1:06am PDT  

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tonight on "nightline," they're searing images not easily forgotten, was it a chemical attack. is this the end of the arab spring? our martha raddatz is there. and this is not your typical sports car, going from zero to 60 in seconds. and it may even be the safest car in america. we hit the road with the man on a mission to change the way we drive forever. and come under fire. stand down now! >> how a brave mother stopped the gunman, just the latest heroic woman to diffuse the
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violent situation. keep it right here, america. "nightline" is back in just 60
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this time, it appears deadly chemical weapons were used. potentially one of the worst war atroc atrocities in recent memory. our chief global correspondent martha raddatz was there. as a note to our viewers, this report includes a very
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disturbing and graphic image. >> reporter: the bodies sprawled across clinic floors, many of the victims children and even infants. others fighting for life, rescue crews trying to help them. victims frantically trying to get air, their bodies showing no other signs of injuries. no blood. >> the convulsions, we see a number of people, babies, pinpointing the people -- gurgling is usually consistent with a type of nerve agent. >> reporter: the rebel say that syrian troops fired rockets on these innocents, rockets carrying poisionous gas, they deny it was used, calling the claims baseless. but this weapons expert says that the video shows clear
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signs. >> the only explanation i can really see is this looks like this fellows nerves are being destroyed potentially by something like sarin. >> reporter: if verified, this would be one of the worst chemical attacks in decades, the syrian opposition claiming over a thousand killed, but the estimates vary. while there is still a question about the veracity about the claims of chemical weapons used, one source doubts the video is real. >> i think the amounts of children and babies who are dying and died, i don't think you could get children to fake that, in my opinion. so i -- the fake idea, i think, is very -- i would be very surprised if it turned out to be a fake. >> reporter: u.n. chemical weapons inspectors arrived in syria earlier this week to investigate allegations of previous chemical weapons use, but today the u.s. and other nations condemn this suspected attack and called for an urgent
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meeting of the united nations security council to investigate. >> this represents, no matter what the confusions are, serious escalation. >> they continue to pressure the assad regime. we see indications that the assad regime is feeling the pressure, but you're right, it has not resulted in the pressure we would like to see, that assad is removed from power. >> reporter: but the white house has said that before. almost a year to the day, president obama warned syria not to cross a red line. >> we have been very clear to the assad regime, but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is, we start to see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being used. that would change my calculus.
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>> reporter: the estimated casualties in today's suspected attack far exceed previous suspected chemical attacks linked to assad's government. the most deadly of which was in march, when at least 30 were killed. >> it is a matter of cooperation. >> reporter: but so far, u.s. aid to syrian rebels has been slow to come. what kind of military aid is getting to syria from the u.s. right now? >> on the u.s. military side, the department of defense, besides the assistance with the humanitarian relief effort, we're also engaged in training of our jordananian partners. as you know we have military planners in jordan. >> reporter: do we have small arms arriving or no. >> the department of defense is not engaged in arming the opposition. >> reporter: in no way are we giving them small arms, not weapons, not guns? >> the department of defense is
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not. >> reporter: the unrest in syria has already become a two-year long civil war, with around 100,000 dead. millions of syrian refugees have already fled the civil conflict. just two and a half years after the end of the arab spring, unrest continues to build in neighboring middle east countries from iraq to libya. in less than 400 miles away, egypt continues to sit on the brink of civil war. the gains of the arab spring now in question. in the past week alone, more than a thousand people have died. and thousands more injured. the military's intervention sparked outrage across the world and in the u.s. i spoke with egypt's interim prime minister, hazem el-beblawi, yesterday. where do you see this ending? >> our goal is to prepare this country for a real democratic
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regime. we want to have a constitution. a modern constitution, all of the universal principles. we'll put it to a referendum. >> reporter: they are trying to downplay the violent images seen last week. what would you say about the egyptian forces? >> i invite them to come to egypt and see them try to help the country against terrorism. >> reporter: with all that happened in cairo in the past few months it is hard to imagine anymore fuel added to the fire. but any hour now, former president hosni mubarak is set to be released from prison. when he walks out of the prison, he won't exactly be a free man. the prime minister, hazem el-beblawi, just ordered him to
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be placed under house arrest. reaction in the street was d belief. >> it will cancel everything we have been through. >> the demands we have been fighting for, i don't think any of them have been realized. >> reporter: another sign that the hopes of the arab spring, trampled in the dust. i'm martha raddatz. the u.n. security council has called for meetings in light of the attacks. and new, the auto industry and the way we drive for good. . one may measure it by the thickness of its glass. the integrity of its high-strength frame. the amount of stitching in its interior. the power of its torque. or the sheer number of its safety systems... including collision prevention assist, standard.
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. america's had a long-standing love affair with cars. but now if a billionaire innovator has his way, we'll have this new tesla model s. we welcome abc's contributor, betty lou, for a look at the car and the plans and the man himself. >> reporter: when you're about to compete in your first electric car race, brace yourself for the sound of? silence. but don't let those quiet engines fool you. because these days, quiet means
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fast. >> for a lot of americans, the only electric car they have driven is a golf cart or something like that. and the truth is, these are not golf carts by any stretch. >> reporter: every major car company is gunning for the electric car, detroit, japan, all represented. for now, an unlikely newcomer is getting top honors. the tesla model. a 400 horsepower engine that gets you from zero to 60 in four seconds, all without a single drop of gas. >> the style is terrific. it looks great, the overall packaging is terrific. that may be my favorite part. >> reporter: celebrities are buying them in droves, even humme r fan is buying it. now it is "nightline's" turn, we were given inside access to the car, and the man behind it, to see if it really is the car of
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the future. and now, according to the highway safety administration, it is also the safest car ever. but the model s's ride to the top is not without controversy, despite its use, several states are trying to ban them from being used. to understand why, first you need to meet this man. >> and you can see the car is charging right there. >> reporter: tesla's ceo, the billionaire tycoon who has changed the way we shop on line. now he is exploring space. and how many do you anticipate? >> probably about 50. >> reporter: taking a page from the apple play book, he is selling his line to consumers, no hard sell, no commission for employees and uniform prices at every store. >> we don't actually train people to sell. we actually train people to educate. so we always want it to be a really low key, kind of friendly
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environment. where we're not constantly trying to close deals. >> reporter: yes, that is a dig at the middle man in the car buying experience. the car dealers. musk wants to cut them out completely. have you ever driven into the dealerships just to see what they think about the model s? >> no. >> reporter: do you want to? >> we could do it right now if you want to. >> reporter: so we pull into the first dealership to take a look. >> you could see the experiences, they're not particularly inviting. usually a high pressure sales environment. a lot of times, i'm not sure if people are really getting a good deal or not. and i think you know, you go to a normal dealer, you feel a little bit like you're prey. you know, it is -- you are going to get pounced on, and it is not very pleasant. >> reporter: musk wants to take it to this dealership, but his friends want to take him out of
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there. he has no love for the auto dealers, and the feeling is mutual. in fact, they're waging an all-out war on him. waging hard to get a ban in colorado and virginia. they succeeded in texas. >> he typically is not somebody who has been told no very much. >> reporter: now, meet the man who got him booted out of texas, bill walters. >> he said he could never be successful if he sold through franchise dealers, he never tried it. >> reporter: he invited us to meet him in austin, mainly to prove it is all slicked back dealers and shiny suits. he said that dealers, many of them, are extremely heinous. he called on people who have been screwed over in texas by an auto dealer, saying this is payback time. >> that is just totally wrong. >> reporter: he is also quick to
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appoi point out that the only thing texas asked him to do was play by the same rules as everybody else. >> this happens all the time, somebody wants an exception to the franchise laws. and our policymakers don't want to make an exception, when this company, tesla, could do better selling through a franchise dealer network of his own cho e choosing, there is no reason to make a change. >> reporter: musk believes the state governments are bowing to pressure from people like walters, and the public should be outraged. >> if the public is overwhelmingly in favor of something, and the legislators vote against that interest, that is a perversion of democracy, i mean, they are supposed to carry out the will of the people. in this case, they're not doing that because the car dealers are such huge contributors to the local people. >> reporter: musk also has to fight public perception to turn
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the model s into a mainstream success. >> this is the battery, basically what is between you and the ground. >> reporter: and there is one thing in particular that the american public is still skeptical about. and you're looking at it, the battery. while it has the juice of 6,000 laptop batteries that provide a 300 mile charge, people still are not sure that they can retire gas guzzler and go with the tesla, there are plenty of charging options. but the fastest is to stop by the tesla charging station where the battery can charge for free. still, much longer than filling up with a tank of gas. but on the plus side, you can always bond with the -- the fellow chargers.
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>> how far we had to go in a year, that bothered me. we got a book and computers that we have. where can you go? i have no idea where we are. >> reporter: musk is putting millions into the super charging stations, claiming people can drive clear across the country for free. meanwhile, he is chatting with michael, a customer not quite ready to take the plunge, and he has no qualms expressing why. >> i believe it will be the last car i buy. want to get down the road, i want assurances that the company will be around. >> reporter: musk says that it is a reasonable concern and knows that history is not on his side. the next company to test tesla is 90 years old. >> there are powerful special interest groups that are trying
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to invest. maybe i'm being optimistic. if you have the support of the people, we'll prevail. >> reporter: for "nightline." i'm betty lou. >> our thanks to betty lou. >> and we'll be right back with a 911 call that may have saved many young lives, on feed frenzy. question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stomach, delayed backache or muscle ache.
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. in tonight's "feed frenzy," back to school season began with a potentially devastating incident in atlanta on tuesday. >> speak your emergency. >> i'm on second avenue in the school, and the gentleman said
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he is going to start shooting. >> an armed shooter, and yet, miraculously, everybody emerged safe and sound. but this was not just luck, one woman played an important part in the him. school worker antoinette tuff, which talked the shooter down in a remarkable session. >> i can help you, but let me talk to them so that you don't have to go away with them for a long time. >> ms. tuff is far from the first woman who successfully took ahold of a violent situation. in england, a soldier was hacked to death in broad daylight. and although there were three policemen nearby, women helped distract the man with questions until the police arrived. so what is it about women that makes them uniquely suited to step into dangerous situations? studies show that

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